The actors really sell there characters bringing them to life on the screen. Monica and Quincy are the primary stars in the film. She also lets him know that she has a letter from and insists on him to open it. However, parents should be warned that this film contains many fouls. Archived from on May 20, 2011.
Monica sees this and she asks him about it. Back to the basketball angle, the sequences on the hardwood are nice enough, but they aren't there to deliver the big sports moments as much as to add further nuance and development to the characters. Monica, now played by , and Quincy are high school stars. It was utilized to better pass on the inclination of a specific scene. Prince-Bythewood is just the opposite, and ''Love and Basketball'' is the first step, however unsteady, of an intriguing new talent. He takes it out on Monica and so he gets another girl phone number.
In 1981, in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles nearby to Quincy in a decent neighborhood who are seeking after their b-ball profession before in the end becoming hopelessly enamored. Great for 13 and up. The first quarter of the story begins in 1981, when Monica played as a youth by and her family moved to Los Angeles from , and quickly became acquainted with their new neighbors the McCalls. She misses home, but can't imagine a life that didn't include. The happy-go-lucky Q is always dealing with the pressure and obligations of fame, but then he finds himself having to come to grips with an adored father who has fallen from grace.
It's in the small touches that this movie comes alive, and it's rare that directors can pull off this kind of thing. But the film's greatest strengths lie in the strong storytelling and in the multi-faceted characters. When Quincy tells her to get on the bike she says she dsont have to so they end up fighting. Archived from on July 21, 2012. Do we sometimes do things for other people, only to discover that they were expecting our help in an entirely different way? After Monica hears about Quincy's injury, she flies home to see him. But these bare bones of the plot don't convey the movie's special appeal.
He's the school's star athlete who has college reps beating down his door. Epps has effective scenes, too, with his parents. Monica goes for a score, Quincy pushes her, and she gets a little scar that will be on her right cheek for the rest of her life. It's a journey not to be missed. But forgiving such foibles is easy in a movie with so much personality. The main characters, Monica and Quincy, seem to have a union. Basketball has always been played by girls.
Love and Basketball is a sentimental show film. In playing the sport, basketball, a player faces a lot of competition. Prince-Bythewood doesn't dwell on the dogmatic aspect to make dreary political points. Prince may have made four films, but she still hasn't gotten it quite right. If it weren't for the two of them, I might have been tempted to walk out. The only things that make this movie even close to bearable are the excellent performances by its two leads. A few concerns: there is a lot of raw language, and the teen girls at M and Q's school dress very seductively and do a lot of dirty dancing, Monica does not, which is one of the reasons we like her.
Again, the same problems seem to present themselves, this time on a bigger stage. The last act -- their post-college pro years take them in opposite and unexpected directions -- feels like an overlong epilogue since their romantic reunion is obviously inevitable. Monica wanted to play for the and wear number: 32. The director missteps in several places, not showing us enough of Monica's confident moments, for instance, and allowing Quincy to become borderline unlikable when spite toward his philandering father spills over into the ebbing romance. Basketball was on its way. Their first interaction results in Quincy angrily knocking her down during game point and accidentally scarring her face. While Quincy finds instant success on the court, as well as more and more female admirers, Monica struggles for playing time, being the backup to 's senior guard, Sidra O'Neal.
Unfortunately, both she and her team came up short leading them to a victory. She is a woman playing a man's sport and desperately seeking recognition from her disapproving mother. Now she is faced with a new dilemma: choosing between her man and the game. The third quarter of the story follows Quincy and Monica to their freshman year at in 1988-89, where they are managing themselves as athletes, students, and a couple. Quincy played as a youth by is shocked that a girl could ever love basketball as much as he did.
It is a great mix of sports and love and the driving force that compels these two individuals. If not, he marries his fiancée. Monica has finally gone pro in the , which was created two years earlier by the in 1996. Lee produced this Hoop Dreams meets Romeo and Juliet love story and his largest mistake by far was to hand the position of director over to. As the two struggle to reach their goals of playing professionally, they must also deal with their emotions for each other. The cast is uniformly great, with standout efforts by the great Alfre Woodard as Monica's very domestic mom and Christine Dunford as Monica's demanding college coach.
He then syas that their realtionship should be over. It's about the pressures of being a star athlete; the whole life, not the game highlights. He's a high school star, with college scouts and the honeys after him. Later that night, they both speak outside her window and reveal to each other how their dates didn't meet their needs. However, Quincy can't be happy for her, because he blames her for not being there for him when he was having problems with his father. .